Niki Haynes, a registered nurse on the surgical unit at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award recognizes exemplary nursing and is the highest honor a nurse can receive at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC). An award presentation reception was recently held.
Eight family members of a patient nominated Haynes for the award. In their nominations, they said she provided exceptional care to the patient and family members, and that her care and compassion were above and beyond.
“Niki is one of the hardest working nurses we have at Hamilton,” said Judean Bowling, director of Surgical Services. “She always goes the extra mile for her patients as well as her peers. She has a passion for educating new nurses. With her years of experience, Niki is a great mentor for novice nurses as well as expert nurses.”
The award, presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform .
DAISY Award recipients receive an honorary DAISY pin, a banner to display on their unit, an award certificate, and the Healer’s Touch, a hand-carved sculpture by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona tribe gives to their traditional “healers.” A Shona healer is affectionately regarded as a treasure by those they are caring for which describes exactly how the DAISY Foundation and Hamilton feel about nurses.
Forty-two other nurses were also nominated for the award. They include: Lisa Murdoch, Cayla Hensley, Chenoa Thomason, Donna King, Brenda Chapman, Newman, Sharon Arp, Allison Cartledge, Ashley Scruggs, Juli Hayes, Sherron Taylor, Paula Baliles, Brandy Setser, Kelli Marcus, Emily Nalley, Kelly Mullis, Cyndi , Mary Aaron, Andrea Hill, Kristen Graves, Teresa Ingle, Emily Everett, Kimberly Ledford, Tara Skiffen, Josh Cole, Teresia Williams, Shana Kaiser, Linda Saxon, Chris Satterfield, Carrie McDougal, Jessica Melton, Carrie Davidson, Scott Cavanaugh, Jennifer Ward, Linda Addington, Kelsie Lewis, Angela Johnson, Lyndsey Andrews, Leah Parker, Mike Nichols, Darlene Suddeth and Aimee Wilson.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune .
Photo: Niki Haynes, a registered nurse at Hamilton Medical Center, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. From left are Lynette Bennett, chest pain coordinator; Judean Bowling, Surgical Services director; Stephen Rohn, chief medical officer; Haynes; Cathy Ferguson, chief nursing officer; Sandy McKenzie, COO; and Jeff Myers, and CEO.